ACC Heisman Watch: Week 14

November, 27, 2012
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We have known for weeks now that there would be no Heisman Trophy winner from the ACC.

But now that the end of the regular season has come, let's spin this forward and take a look at whether Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will go into the 2013 season as a preseason Heisman candidate.

Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret provided us with some pretty interesting stats concerning Boyd and the two quarterbacks getting Heisman love right now, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Collin Klein of Kansas State. Boyd ranks first in six of the following eight passing categories. Take a look:

Pass Efficiency
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 168.58
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 155.85
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 155.17
Completion Percentage
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 68.3
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 66.7
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 66.6
Touchdown Passes
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 34
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 24
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 14
Pass Yards/Game
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 295.8
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 284.9
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 210.1
Yards/Pass Attempt
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 9.42
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 9.00
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 8.54
Yards/Completion
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 14.1
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 13.4
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 12.5
Touchdown Responsibility
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 43
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 43
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 34
Total Offense/Game
  • Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 383.3
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 336.8
  • Collin Klein, Kansas State, 282.1

Boyd did not play his best in the two toughest games of the season, losses to Florida State and South Carolina. To be a true contender, you need some Heisman-worthy moments. So for Boyd to truly be a legitimate candidate next season, he is going to need to step up even more when the stakes are higher. He has the talent, he has the ability and he clearly has the numbers. We will see what next season has in store.

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